“Meditation” is not a dirty word!
Stressed? Nervous? Worried time is slipping away? The answer may be meditation and it’s more accessible than you think writes Kerry Takagaki.
When kids start saying how time is flying by so quickly, it’s a little scary. Compared to our own childhood when the days seemed to go on forever as we impatiently waited to become teenagers and moved slowly on to the next milestone. Children these days seem to along with their parents running from one activity to another. Parents are catching up on all the chores on the weekend because there is simply no time during the week. Maybe it’s time we all started to think about slowing down?
So how can we maintain the perspective and the balance during the frantic pace of day to day living? Christmas has just whizzed by and now Easter is rapidly on it’s way. For many of us this fast-tracking of time is all a little overwhelming! Can we slow down the pace of life?
Meditation could be the perfect solution for you! Some of us already experience degrees of meditation in our daily lives without being aware of it. I liken meditation to ‘tuning out’ and being completely absorbed in what we are doing. ‘Being in the present moment’ is the popular catch phrase that is often bantered around these days.
Mundane tasks such as washing the dishes or mowing the lawn plus grounding activities such as walking or gazing at the ocean can all be likened to meditation. Actions and movement such as the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Chinese Tai Chi, which uses a sequence of dance-like movements is mediation in motion.
Meditation is about being consciously aware of what we are doing in a calm and relaxed manner and letting go of the other thoughts that generally ricochet around our overly active minds.
Renowned writer and speaker on philosophical subjects, J Krishnamurti said: “When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy – if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation.”
Various cultures and religions have practiced variations on the concept for centuries. From Buddhism and Hinduism where people practise meditation while chanting to Christianity where people recite prayers on the rosary – it’s a universal practise.
There are many methods to find a starting point into meditation. A very simple technique is to become aware of your breath. Bring your awareness to your lungs as you are feeling the breath expanding on the inhale and deflating on the exhale. It may be easier just to concentrate on the movement of one or the other giving it your full attention.
Concentration on that alone and you have achivened simple meditation!
For more information on relaxation techniques, workshops and classes, contact Kerry Takagaki’s Life’s for Living www.kerrytaka.com